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Ticket (TIX) – Glossary Definition


Want the definition of ticket? Learn the meaning of ticket, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of ticket? Keep reading to learn the meaning of ticket, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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What is a Ticket?

In most areas of tourism, a ticket serves as a pass that grants entry, such as to a museum, gallery, or other destination. On many forms of transportation, such as trains and buses, a ticket permits a ride. A ticket is usually given after payment is received, if payment is required.

However, in other areas of travel transportation, particularly with airlines, a ticket is simply the record of a passenger’s information and schedule purchased in the computer reservation system.

Tickets must not be confused with boarding passes, as a ticket will not allow a passenger onto a plane without the boarding pass. A ticket confirms purchase and can be used to obtain a boarding pass, and it a ticket is sometimes colloquially used by passengers to refer to a boarding pass.

A ticket may be issued as a paper ticket or as an E-ticket (electronic ticket), which is growing in popularity. In the travel industry, the term “tickets” is sometimes abbreviated as “TIX,” similar to how “passengers” are referred to as “PAX.”

More on Tickets

The term “ticket” can be quite confusing, especially because of its differing meanings within different areas of the travel industry. While on trains or at museums, for example, a ticket will allow a ride or entry, on flights they are just a record of the sale, essentially.

Regarding travel reservations, especially on airlines, an electronic ticket, or e-ticket, is the digital version of a paper ticket, issued via email, SMS, or MMS. It allows much more flexibility than its paper counterpart, such as remote check-in and the ability for a passenger to use an airport kiosk to check in, for example.

An e-ticket must still be accompanied by a boarding pass for entry onto a plane, normally.

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